Matthew Phillips scored a hat trick, but it wasn’t enough as the visiting Brandon Wheat Kings edged the Victoria Royals 4-3 Wednesday night.
“It’s a bit disappointing,” said Phillips, who scored twice in the third to tie the game at 3, for his 3rd career hat trick,
Former Royals prospect Zach Russell scored the winner with 3:28 left.
“The game wasn’t lost on that last play (Russell goal), we didn’t do ourselves enough favours in the first two periods to give ourselves a chance to win…when we’re chasing the game like that, one mistake can cost us the game.”
The Wheat Kings snapped their 2 game losing skid, while handing the Royals their 3rd consecutive loss.
“I liked the way we came out and played in the third,” said Head Coach Dave Lowry, who’s club trailed 3-1 after 40 minutes,
“We were down and played with the level of desperation that we’re going to need, and when we play that way, you give yourself a chance.”
Victoria heads out on a 5 game in 9 night road trip, beginning with a pair in Prince George Friday and Saturday night.
The line of Phillips, Dante Hannoun and Ryan Peckford combined for 7 points.
Brandon jumped to a 2-0 lead on goals by Reid Duke, Tanner Kaspick, late in the first just :27 apart, but Phillips responded :21 seconds later to cut the lead to 2-1.
Ty Lewis scored the only goal of the middle frame, after killing off a Royals 5 on 3 to restore the 2 goal lead heading to the final frame.
Victoria was 1 for 7 on the power play, while Brandon was 1 for 3.
Jordan Papirny earned the win making 29 saves on 32 shots, Dylan Myskiw took the loss allowing 4 goals on 33 attempts.
Reid Duke had a 3 point night for Brandon with a goal and two assists. Ty Lewis and Tanner Kaspick had a goal and assist each.
Kamloops won against Seattle, and leap frogs Victoria into 2nd spot in the BC Division while Kelowna who also won in Tri City, pulled into a 3rd place tie with the Royals.
Prince George took the first two games of the season series in Victoria on opening weekend, and are ranked 6th in the CHL Top 10.
– Marlon Martens
Brandon Wheat Kings 4 at Victoria Royals 3 – Status: Final
Wednesday, November 30, 2016 – Save-On-Foods Memorial Arena – Victoria, BC
Brandon 2 1 1 – 4
Victoria 1 0 2 – 3
1, Brandon, Duke 16 (Lewis, Kaspick), 16:37.
2, Brandon, Kaspick 11 (Duke, Clague), 17:04 (PP).
3, Victoria, Phillips 17 (Walker, Hannoun), 17:25 (PP).
Penalties-Peckford Vic (tripping), 4:58; Lewis Bdn (high sticking), 8:24; Clague Bdn (slashing), 14:45; Phillips Vic (hooking), 15:20; Wharrie Bdn (hooking), 17:22.
4, Brandon, Lewis 15 (Duke, Mattheos), 11:24.
Penalties-Reddekopp Vic (holding), 5:08; Jameson Bdn (interference), 7:59; Shearer Bdn (boarding), 8:46; Lewis Bdn (hooking), 17:44.
5, Victoria, Phillips 18 (Peckford, Reddekopp), 2:02.
6, Victoria, Phillips 19 (Hannoun, Peckford), 13:45.
7, Brandon, Russell 2 16:32.
Penalties-Higson Bdn (high sticking), 4:56.
Shots on Goal-
Power Play Opportunities-
Brandon 1 / 3;
Victoria 1 / 7.
Brandon, Papirny 10-5-1-0 (32 shots-29 saves).
Victoria, Myskiw 0-3-1-0 (33 shots-29 saves).
Referees-Duncan Brow (19), Mark Pearce (5).
Linesmen-Riley Friesen (76), Liam Reid (112).